Architectural Styles

INTRODUCTION TO BASIC AMERICAN ARCHITECTURAL STYLES

This brief introduction to some of the basic American Residential Architectural Styles is intended to help you identify and deepen your knowledge of many of the residential Architectural styles used in America and around the world. We have touched on just a few commercial styles, but since this website is mainly for residential house plans, we have concentrated our efforts on home designs.

We begin our introduction during the New World era, although there are architectural references to European and other worldly styles where appropriate. We hope this helps you in clarifying your favorite styles as you embark on your quest for new house plans.

New World Neo-Classical Victorian Early Modern Postwar Modern
Adobe/Pueblo Georgian Arts & Crafts Art Deco Contemporary
English Colonial Federalist Carpenter Gothic Bungalow Ranch
Saltbox Greek Revival Gothic Revival Cape Cod Split Level
Pennsylvania Dutch English Regency Italianate Craftsman
Shaker Spanish Eclectic Queen Anne International
French Colonial Second Empire Mission
Dutch Colonial Shingle Style Organic
Log Homes Steamboat Gothic Prairie
Stick Style Rustic
Tudor Revival Textile Block
Usonian